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Pretty Monsters

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A lonely boy in bungalow 6 is taunted by the other kids on camp. Then he meets a monster in the snow, a monster with a sense of humour. He is the only one to talk to it, but only after it has eaten the rest of bungalow 6. Dorn misses his soccer match when his father kidnaps him to be held in quarantine under machine-gun guard in Costa Rica-while they wait for the aliens to ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 31st 2010 by Text Publishing (first published October 1st 2008)
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This collection took me completely by surprise. I was expecting to finish it in a day, but it took me two weeks. I was expecting more... werewolves? Only one out of the five stories did I fall in love with within the first two pages or so, but even when I thought I was enjoying a story (Pretty Monsters?), I ended up changing my mind right at the end of the story. My least favourite is The Surfer, though there are some cool politix going on in there, and my favourite was The Constable of Abel for ...more
Jessica Armstrong
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I can't bring myself to give this book a one out of five stars – I just can't. Maybe it's because I bought the book based on the absolutely stunning cover. It's so pretty! The pages are even lined in black, which I never see done in the world of fiction. I love looking at it on the shelf – and only a select few know (and now you do, too!) that my copy is both upside down and backwards.

I thought to myself – Neil Gaiman gave the book (or perhaps just Link her
Kelly Link har ett originellt och fascinerande språk och Ia Lind gör ett strålande jobb i översättningen av Links novellsamling "Pretty Monsters", på svenska uppdelad i två delar. Jag fångas av de välskrivna berättelserna & undrar vad som mer gömmer sig i Links huvud.

I den andra delen, "Askungeleken och andra berättelser", föredrar jag hennes skräck- och SF-liknande historier men är inte lika förtjust i hennes fantasyvärld. Mina favoriter i denna del är "Monstret" och "Surfaren". I "Monstret
Ben Thurley
While I didn't find this quite as compelling as her first collection, The Wrong Grave, this is still a fine collection of stories in which our familiar worlds and fears (monsters, disease, love and loss) are viewed through a prism, cracked and askew. And, as with the first collection, it manages to be funny and moving as well as dark and strange.
bekha k
Everything about this was open-ended, a special kind of unsettling. Stories that let you know they're a bigger picture than their entirety, and flaunt it. It was an absolute pleasure to read and I am looking forward to reading more of Kelly Link's work.
Jacqui Hencsie
I loved this collection of stories, more so than Link's other book I have read (Stranger Things Happen). I would honestly read a whole series of books based on "The Wizards of Perfil"
Jim Krotzman
I like the way combines fantasy, reality, and horror in the same stories. Link's are very difficult to predict.
Beth Filar Williams
Loved this collection of stories! Unique, creative with a touch of magic. I am ready to search right now and see if Kelly link has more stories, a new favorite author.
A wonderfully weird collection of fantasy short stories. Link is definitely like no one else out there, though there is some flavor in her writing that reminded me of Margo Lanagan. She is equally adept at writing fantasy that takes place in the real world as in other worlds, and everything about her stories is unexpected. I can't say I always understood it, but I loved the sense of dislocation leading to some hidden truth.
The second part of the translation of Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters is just as good as the first. The stories are captivating little morsels of fantastic, just about the right length to read in the evening or on the train.

I imagine it would be even better to read the stories again, just to see what I I missed the first go.

Highly recommended to fans of the fantastic!
Each story started out interesting and exciting and page turning.... And then all the endings were disappointing. Not terrible, but a let down.
Spooky and charming! Delightfully written.
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Kelly Link is an American author of short stories born in 1969. Her stories might be described as slipstream or magic realism: sometimes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and realism.
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